Proper Japanese Title: Saiaku no irainin (最悪の依頼人)
Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura have passed the final test to become junior ninja--but now the real challenge begins. Tired of menial tasks, the young ninja ask for a tougher assignment, and find themselves--together with their teacher, Kakashi--bodyguarding a cranky old man from the Land of the Waves. But Tazuna the bridgebuilder is in more danger than anyone realizes: he's the target of elite ninja assassins, including Zabuza, the deomn, and our heroes are about to face a trial by fire. Zabuza, the ninja assassin, was stopped from his first try at killing Tazuna the bridgebuilder--but Zabua still lives! While the ninjas recover from their injuries, Kakashi puts Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura on a strict training regimen to protect Tazuna's family--including Tazuna's embittered grandson Inari--and prepare for Zabuza's next attack. But the next time won't be as easy, because joining Zabuza is his deadly apprentice, Haku. And as the bridge comes closer to completion, our heroes must be willing to die--or kill--to protect the ones they love.
- Chapter 008: "You Failed!" (だから不合格だってんだ!! "Dakara fugōkaku datten'da!!")
- Chapter 009: "The Worst Client" (最悪の依頼人 "Saiaku no irainin")
- Chapter 010: "Target #2" (2匹目 "Nihikime")
- Chapter 011: "Going Ashore" (上陸...!! "Jōriku...!!")
- Chapter 012: "Game Over!!!" (終わりだ!! "Owari da!!")
- Chapter 013: "Ninja!!" (忍者だ!! "Ninja da!!")
- Chapter 014: "The Secret Plan...!!!" (秘策...!! "Hisaku...!!")
- Chapter 015: "Return of the Sharingan" (蘇る写輪眼!! "Yomigaeru Sharingan!!")
- Chapter 016: "Who Are You?!" (お前は誰だ!! "Omae wa dare da!!")
- Chapter 017: "Preparations for Battle" (戦いの準備!! "Tatakai no junbi!!")
Points of Interest
- Minato Namikaze, Obito Uchiha, and Rin Nohara have their first visual appearance in the cover art for Chapter 16. Their story appearance wouldn't be until much later in the series.